Monday, March 7, 2016

Devotion 3.11.16

March 11            “Life Narrows Down” 
I pray these little devotions in some small way lead you to yearn for Jesus as never before. Two of the most influential sentences in my life were written by Rev. Arnold Kuntz. “Life narrows down,” he begins.  Isn’t that the truth? “The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away” (Psalm 90:10). Life brings challenges, health problems, financial loss, the passing of loved ones, and ultimately the approach of your own death. “Life narrows down.” A retired seminary professor, a man who knows Jesus, said at the visitation for his wife, “It gets personal.” 
“We wish to see Jesus” (John 12:21). Lent is about rebooting, about reorienting your thoughts through repentance to Jesus. “One thing is necessary,” Jesus says (Luke 10:42). Dr. Kuntz: “Life narrows down, and crisis comes. Suddenly only one thing matters, and there, in the narrow place, stands Jesus” (Devotions for the Chronologically Gifted, 46) 
CTRL+ALT+DEL: Jesus, midway through Lent, I’m tempted to slack off. Lead me to focus on You as I’ve never done before. Amen.

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